Saturday, 8 July 2017

Mini Summer Show



The number of entries for Friday Forum’s Mini Summer Show was most encouraging.  Judging was carried out by Tony Booth and Graham Wheatley, with Gill Evans judging Class 8, assisted by Dorothy as Steward and Rose as Show Secretary.
CLASS 1: One bloom HT Rose
 
 First prize:  Eric

CLASS 2: One Stem Floribunda Rose
 
 1st Prize: 

CLASS 3:  One Stem any other Rose
 
 1st Prize

CLASS 4:  One vase Sweet Peas
 
 1st Prize:  Judith

CLASS 5:  One vase Pinks
 
 1st Prize

CLASS 6:  One vase cut flowers, judged for frontal effects
 
 1st Prize:  Margaret Denton

CLASS 7:  One pot plant


 1st Prize:  Norma
CLASS 8:  Flower arranging – Take Five Flowers




 1st Prize:  Sue Gray

Display Table
Graham’s Regal Pelargonium Judith
Judith brought a attractive Oxalis, from which some members have already taken successful cuttings


Judith’s rescue plant from a Pound Shop which she has nursed to full health but must wait for it to flower before it can be identified

Janella’s Echinacea
 Dorothy’s Lily which she grew from a scale
Notice Board

Graham reported that the Paxton Summer Show and Plant Sale was well attended and he thanked everyone who helped.
Date for your diaries:  2018 will mark the 50 year anniversary of the Paxton Building and a celebratory lunch will be held on Saturday 16th June with a talk on Joseph Paxton.
A grant has been acquired for the renewal of the drive of Paxton Hall and work will commence soon.

Next Meetings

21st July:  Visits to gardens in Horsforth.  Please see our Garden Visits 2017 page for full details.
4th August:  A presentation on Hostas by Sue Proctor who will bring plants for sale.





Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Three Gardens in Lincolnshire



Janella organised a fabulous day trip this year to  visit three gardens in Lincolnshire. What follows is a photographic journal of our day but the pictures cannot hope to do justice to the real thing!  Click on the links to the gardens for the full history and design features.
First stop was Brightwater Gardens at Saxby http://brightwatergardens.co.uk
 
We were welcomed by Chris Neave who told us of the history of the site and told us that the key to designing a garden is to keep it simple







 The The Husqvarna Automower is a robot that cuts the grass for you — quietly, not reliant on good weather or tea and biscuits but just charges itself up.  #mower envy



 James and daughter

 The Poppies were stunning.  Close up the area was made up of many different coloured flowers, both single and double forms




 


There is also a church which was probably designed by Capability Brown about 1775 and family mausoleum plus a green burial meadow.
Before we left, the Red Arrows who are based at nearby RAF Scampton gave us a spectacular aerial display emitting streams of red, white and blue as they prepared for the Trooping of the Colour the next day.

We couldn't imagine that the other gardens could live up to this one, so we were well impressed with our second garden, Goltho Gardens at Wragby  http://www.golthogardens.com/  complete with coffee shop and nursery open to the public.
 Debbie Hollingworth, garden creator and Head Gardener

 Double herbaceous borders with paths leading off to smaller gardens
 



 Bridge over a boggy area





Last but not least was Mill Farm at Grasby.   https://www.millfarmgarden.co.uk/
 With a view of the Lincolnshire Wolds, this garden had the wow factor at every turn

 Helen and Mike Boothman spend all their time on this garden

 The pond





 We wondered why the swing didn't take in the view



 





 
The fernery was in a former mill











Three wonderful gardens, lovely company plus tea and cake, we came home laden with plants and ideas.  A day to remember!

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The Paxton Summer Show on 24th June



Next Meeting
 The next meeting is the Friday Forum mini show on 7th July and categories are as follows:
CLASS 1: One bloom HT Rose
CLASS 2: One Stem Floribunda Rose
CLASS 3:  One Stem any other Rose
CLASS 4:  One vase Sweet Peas
CLASS 5:  One vase Pinks
CLASS 6:  One vase cut flowers, judged for frontal effects
CLASS 7:  One pot plant
CLASS 8:  Flower arranging – Take Five Flowers
It’s the taking part that matters!